2011 National Humanities Medal

NHD was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Monday, February 13, 2012. Dr. Cathy Gorn, NHD Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the NHD staff, board and honorary advisory council. The National Humanities medals honor achievements in history, literature, education and cultural policy. For the first time ever, a K-12 education program received the National Humanities Medal. The citation for National History Day was for “being a program that inspires in American students a passion for history. Each year more than half a million children from across the country compete in this event, conducting research and producing websites, papers, performances, and documentaries to tell the human story.”

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

NHD was awarded the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award by the Society of American Archivists which honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual’s or institution’s contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

The Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association.

Other Awards and Recognition
  • Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History
  • NHD Founder, David Van Tassel awarded 1990 Charles Frankel Prize for Public Programming in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 1997 Exemplary Program highlighted by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities report: Creative America